Vietnam Holidays and Festivals take place throughout the year, the Vietnamese people celebrate a number of holidays and festivals. There are 9 days of official holidays recognized by the government. During this time, offices and companies close down. There are also many other special events that celebrations take place while commercial and governmental organizations remain open.
Specific dates and some holidays in Vietnam are based on the lunar calendar. This means that a date on the Gregorian calendar can change from year to year. Be sure to check out when a special festival is held for those who wish to participate in the celebrations.
Buddhist festivals usually follow the lunar calendar whereas national holidays are based on fixed dates. Teacher’s Day takes place on November 20. This is not an official holiday but celebrations can be held at schools across the country.
National Defense Day
National Defense Day take place on December 22 and it commemorates the founding of the People’s Army of Vietnam in 1945.
Christmas Day takes place on December 25, a day which is celebrated by Christians throughout Vietnam. The largest Christian denominations are in the south where celebrations are most prominent. This is not an official holiday however.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve, is the same as around the world, takes place on January 1. It is an official holiday in Vietnam. It is locally known as Tet Dong Lech. The locals usually go to visit their families during this period so it may be difficult to book transportation and accommodation. Advance planning is recommended
Vietnamese Communist Party Anniversary
Vietnamese Communist Party Anniversary is held on February 3. People Celebrate the founding of the Vietnamese Communist Party in 1930.
Tate Nguyen Dan
Tate Nguyen Dan’s date may change but it usually takes place from February 9, 2013 to February 14, 2013. Also known as Vietnamese New Year. This is the country’s biggest celebration. It is an official holiday and all companies will be closed during this period.
Festival in the Temple of Perfumes (Pagoda)
Festival in the Temple of Perfumes usually take place on March. It is an important event for Buddhists across Vietnam. The pilgrimage is made to the temple near Hanoi. Travelers enter the deepest temple there in the hope of gaining happiness, luck, and prosperity for the coming year.
Victory, Monotheism or Liberation Day takes place on 30 April of every year. Saigon captured the Vietcong in 1975 and eventually celebrated monotheism from Vietnam. It is locally known as Ngai Shen Chang, Ngai Thong Nhat, or Ngai Gia Fung.
International Labor Day
International Labor Day is every May 1st of the year. It commemorates the economic and social achievements of the working class in Vietnam. Parades are held in important squares across the country. This is known locally as Ngai Kwok Te Laung Dong locally.
Dian Bien Phu Victory Day
Dian Bien Phu Victory Day is on May 7. It is the anniversary of the victory of the Vietnamese against the French in Dian Bien Phu. This battle led to the withdrawal of the French and the eventual division from Vietnam to North and South. It is not an official holiday.
Ho Chi Minh’s birthday
Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, May 19. The most respected national figure in the country. Celebrations and festivals around the country start at the big city of Ho Chi Minh and extends to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi which is also a popular destination at this time. Other celebrations include cultural performances and candlelight vigils.
Vietnamese Family Day
Vietnamese Family Day, June 28. It is a festival promoting traditional Vietnamese family values and culture. Events are held nationwide. However, it is not considered an official holiday.
Revolution Day takes place on August 19. Civilians celebrate the anniversary of the August Revolution of 1945 from which they began to push away French rule and occupation. This event sparked demonstrations that eventually led to the independence of the country.
National Day in Vietnam is the 2nd of September. It is the final public holiday of the year. It marked Vietnam’s independence from France in 1945 and is known locally as Ngai Kwok Khanh. Everything close down during this year, therefore, travel plans should be made long in advance.
Mid-Autumn Festival’s date may be different from a year to another, For 2020, it will take place on October 1st. During that time, ceremonies will include lion dances, lantern lighting and moon cakes.